Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Entertaining

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Prior to moving to Cincinnati, I had never tried dry ribs, fast forward three years later and I am now a dry-rub convert {and can't imagine going back}!
Now there's only one way to do right by pork {in my humble opinion}: cover it with a simple, spicy-sweet dry rub. Let it sit for a while. Slowly cook it in smoky, indirect heat, until the meat is tender enough to melt in your mouth. Then dive in! :D My husband loves ribs {any which-way}, and could have them every single day of the week if I let him! When we entertain though, I know everyone doesn't feel the same way I do about ribs, so we like to have a good mix of slabs {some dry-rubbed & some with sauce}, so we're sure to have something everyone loves.
Last week, as I was shopping at Kroger in the condiment aisle, I stumbled upon an all new product that I'm sure is going to solve my entertaining needs all summer long {at least when it comes to grilling}. It's KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub, and it comes in two delicious flavors - Original or Sweet Honey. I think it's going to be the only dry mix we'll need this season, because It gives you the option to create your own unique BBQ sauce using their dry rub or to quickly marinate your meat with their dry mixes {hooray for effortless food-prep}.
We had a great Memorial Day weekend {and not to mention very full}!
It started with cleaning out our garage, followed by a huge picnic with friends, but we still wanted to have a little party of our own at home. 
So we prepped the ribs & put our favorite dry-rub on them, then let them marinate {during the first part of the day}, then fired up the grill and let them slowly cook.
We ended up making two slabs, one a dry rub style and the other a custom BBQ sauce {both using KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub}. I really appreciate that the dry mix come with two 2 oz. packets which make up to 16 oz. of BBQ sauce, because I feel like I really get my money's worth!
For this recipe I simply added my 1 cup of limeade and mixed it with the dry mix & applied it onto the ribs. Then let it marinade for an hour. 
We pre-heated the grill {had the hood closed and let it smoke up}, then cooked it indirectly {by putting two of the burners on low and turning the other two off and placed the ribs on the side that didn't have fire burning under it}. We did this for 4 hours, basting the saucy ribs with a little extra sauce every hour.
There is just something special about summer entertaining. There's nothing like cooking outside on clear-skied warm summer evenings!
Plus, it's casual and low maintenance {which is every host's dream come true:D}.
All you really need are a few decorative lights, a few throws to cozy up on the patio, music and oh yes lots of good food.
I think I live for these effortless summer gatherings! Are you planning any BBQs this summer? Don't forget to check out KC Masterpiece® BBQ Sauce Mix & Dry Rub they are seriously tasty and super handy to have on hand!

Click here for some flavor inspiration! From 6/18 to 8/31 you can get $1 off 1 KC Masterpiece Dry Rub! Take advantage of this offer and many others here! Check it out and tell me what you think!

Happy entertaining! :)